DryMouth24-05-2021 Sağlık


Chemotherapy and Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Before starting, All the information I will give is general information; It depends on the type of chemotherapy, other comorbid diseases, the type of cancer, its involvement, its side effects and symptoms and the other medical treatments the person receives. Therefore, a cancer patient should definitely meet with an "Oncology Dietician" in terms of planning the "individual" nutritional treatment.

One of the side effects associated with nutrition during chemotherapy process is xerostomia (dry mouth). Some points to be considered to manage this process are as follows;

  • ORAL HYGIENE; mouthwash, soft toothbrush, baking soda
  • Absence or insufficient salvia (saliva)
  • If you need to drink water frequently with small sips, gargle or wet the mouth
  • Consumption of sweet, minty/lemon foods (beware of mucositis / esophagitis!)
  • Chewing gum
  • Sucking hard candy
  • Ice chips may be helpful to soak the food in salad dressings or broth to make it easier to chew or swallow.
  • Sour, spicy, sour, crispy, hard and dry foods should be avoided.
  • Use of lip balm is recommended.
  • It is necessary to rinse the mouth every 1-2 hours with a special mixture (1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt in 1 glass of warm water) and rinse.
  • People with severe xerostomia have trouble consuming foods that require chewing, easily disperse, dry and sticky. Consumption of these foods should be avoided to prevent dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).
  • Alcohol and caffeine intake should be avoided.
  • Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Zinc and Vitamin B6 deficiencies can be seen. It should be followed regularly, supplemented if necessary (only by the DOCTOR!).
  • Chemotherapy
  • Dry Mouth
  • Xerostomia


Onkoloji Diyetisyeni Cevşen Bul
Onkoloji Diyetisyeni Cevşen Bul

2018 yılında Acıbadem Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Beslenme ve Diyetetik bölümünden mezun oldum. Şu an ise İstanbul Üniversitesi Sosyoloji bölümünü okuyarak kendimi birçok farklı alanda geliştirmeye devam etmekteyim. Kendimi me

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